After School, a San Francisco, CA-based social networking app, closed a $16.4m Series A funding.
The round was led by Accomplice, formerly known as Atlas Ventures, Tikhon Bernstam, and Naval Ravikant, Founder of AngelList, with participation from investor Lee Linden, Cowboy Ventures, and others.
The company will use the funds to continue to expand operations and release new programs and features.
Co-founded by CEO Michael Callahan and Cory Levy, After School provides a social networking app which allows high school students to safely and privately share text based posts with students within their schools. The app features 24/7 text helpline, single user report removal, threat detection, and an active safety board with experts and community leaders that will help address issues teens face including cyberbullying, suicide prevention, mental health, and sexual orientations. Board members include:
– David Zhao, CoFounder of “End to Cyber Bullying”
– David D. Luxton, PhD., Clinical Psychologist at the University of Washington
– Robin Kowalski, PhD., Author and Psychology Researcher, Cyber Bullying Expert, and
– Hemanshu(Hemu) Nigam, CEO of SSPBlue , Former Chief Security Officer of MySpace.
The company has also signed a partnership with DoSomething.org, which will engage teens in social causes and campaigns to create positive change.